The Gin de Provence Cocktail: gin, Lillet, lavender syrup, lime juice

The Gin de Provence Cocktail: gin, Lillet, lavender syrup, lime juice
The Gin de Provence Cocktail: gin, Lillet, lavender syrup, lime juice

France isn’t known for its cocktails. In fact, my French friends claim that they only ever drink apertifs and wine. That’s okay. I can still name a drink after a French region.

To make Gin de Provence, you will need lavender syrup.  Don’t worry, though: I have a recipe for you here.

For Gin de Provence, shake with ice:

  • 1 1/2 oz gin
  • 3/4 oz Lillet
  • 3/4 oz lime juice
  • 3/4 oz lavender syrup

and strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass. Lay a fresh piece of basil on top, and you have a very floral gin drink that goes down easy but is more interesting than a standard sour. The lavender comes through, and the Lillet accents everything with its extremely flowery nose and flavor.

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